Why Does Literacy Matter?
> 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. (1)
> Children’s early vocabulary skills are linked to their economic backgrounds. (2)
> Students who don't read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school. (4)
What Can We Do About It?
> Students who read just 15 minutes per day will have read over one million words in a year's time! (3)
> Reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points. (3)
> Reading for pleasure is more important than either wealth or social class as an indicator of success at school! (5)